John Wall came from being the franchise player in the Washington Wizards for 10 years and now is part of the Houston Rockets after missing a big chunk of the past two seasons in the capital. Wall has stated that the Wizards gave up on him and he's ready to prove them wrong in Houston, a team with a recent past full of competitiveness and a lot of great memories with James Harden.
Well, the point guard isn't afraid of the challenge and he stepped up saying he considers himself the new franchise player on the Rockets. Harden was traded to the Brooklyn Nets in mid-January and now the 30-year-old is ready to become the face of the organization and take them to compete in a very difficult Western Conference. He's embracing the role of leader of the team and even though he won't put 30, 40 points per night, he's ready to lead.
Via Rockets Wire:
"I feel like the franchise guy, now that James [Harden] has left. You very rarely get the opportunity to be a franchise [guy] in two different cities and two different teams. … I feel like that’s my job, to be the leader of this team.
"I don’t have to be the leading scorer for our team, I don’t have to take the most shots. My job is to make sure everybody is comfortable, that everybody is playing at a high level, and everybody has respect for one another. And that we trust our coaching staff with whatever gameplan they give us, and they trust me out there as being basically the coach on the floor, when I have the ball in my hands."
Wall had a couple of things to say about Harden in the past, calling him out for giving up on his teammates so quickly and crediting the Rockets' recent success to the fact that everybody on the roster actually wants to be there.
He's already speaking like a leader and if things falling into place, the Rockets could make some noise this season, with Wall, Victor Oladipo, DeMarcus Cousins and Christian Wood showing the way.